From the Editor

Claims to civilisation: Michael Howard © Avalon Licensing.

No one understood the literary dimension of conflict better than Michael Howard.

The new sign marking the permanent ban on climbing Uluru © Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.

The global struggle to resist the banalities of mass tourism.

Shuttlecocks and Mackerel, or Members Going to Vote on the Corn Bill, 14 March 1815, by George Cruikshank © Bridgeman Images.

A troubled UK is in desperate need of politicians and commentators who can think historically.

Immovable object? Hoa Hakanai’a on display in the British Museum. Photo: James Miles/Wikimedia/Creative Commons.

History tells us that, in order to prosper, civilisations must embrace change.

Ernest Bevin as Foreign Secretary, August 1945 © Popperfoto/Getty Images

A remarkable political career suggests that social mobility is of benefit to us all.

Lambert’s Lily: Nerine sarniensis, illustration by Pancrace Bessa, 1820. © Bridgeman Images

An English Arcadia and an enduring struggle.

Storied life: Zsa Zsa Gabor with her poodle, Farouk, c.1960 © Ed Clark/LIFE/Getty Images

What connects a Hollywood star, a physicist of genius and a recently departed historian?

Gatherer of souls: Helmuth James von Moltke on trial, Berlin 1944.

An alliance of unlike minds offered hope for the future during Europe’s darkest days.

Inner demons: the execution of Anabaptists at Münster, 1536.

The work of the historian Norman Cohn has taken on a new resonance. We should heed his warnings.

Triple Episcopacie, a puritan satire on Archbishop Laud, 1641.

Social media recreates the anxieties associated with early modern puritanism.